Traumatic Arteriovenous Malformation of Scalp: A Case Report


1 Department of Neurosurgery, Trauma Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences

2 Clinical Skills Learning Center, Medical School, Kashan University of Medical Sciences

3 Department of Neurosurgery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran



Scalp arteriovenous malformation (SAVM) as a rare lesion may be a complication of head injury. A case and its management are presented
in this article and literature is reviewed. A 27‑year‑old man came to us with a slowly growing pulsatile mass in his right retroauricular and
parietal region of the scalp. On examination, there was a compressible mass with loud bruit. Paraclinical studies revealed a large, tortuous
tuft of vessels with two different feeders. Intracranial vessels were 3 normal. The lesion excised totally by direct surgical intervention after
ligation of its feeders. The patient recovered and discharged without any abnormal findings. Increased number of reports of SAVM in the past
decade may be due to improved diagnostic facilities; however, the high incidence of trauma and even its increasing pattern in developing
countries may be another important factor.


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